State University System
Dead drum major’s parents speak out in hazing case
From the time Robert Champion was a 6-year-old kid watching his first parade, he knew his destiny. Awestruck at the sight of a drum major leading a band along the streets of Atlanta, the boy began to beg his parents for any kind of musical instrument he could get his hands on…Champion, who was working to put himself through college at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, sent his parents a photo from his last performance Nov. 19 in Orlando, at the Florida Classic football game between FAMU and longtime rival Bethune-Cookman University. In it, Champion is poised in full dress on the field, lunging to one side to meet the gaze of a pint-sized drum major from a child’s band.
You Tube of video of CNN’s Jason Caroll interviewing the parents of Robert Champion
Hazing on agenda as FAMU trustees meet in Orlando
19 aboard a band bus following a football game against rival Bethune Cookman. Detectives are investigating the role of hazing in Champion’s death.
FGCU student falls victim to Internet work scam
A Florida Gulf Coast University student reported Tuesday to Lee deputies that he lost over $5000 to an Internet employment scam. The student told deputies that on October 27 he received an email from Phillip Scott of Ma Corr, …
Fruitville students dig into the past
Fruitville Elementary students and their family members learned about 19th century life in Sarasota and Manatee counties at an archaeology event hosted by New College of Florida.
Robots may soon be part of our lives
The University of Florida‘s robotics fair Wednesday gave a glimpse of how robots might be used from the battlefield to the back yard. The fair showcased a robot car developed for a Defense Department-sponsored competition and robot …
800000 Floridians, Most of them Children, Could Be Booted Off Medicaid Coverage
A University of Florida study found that privatizing Medicaid may save some money. Critics contend that any savings came at the expense of needed care.
Friends, Family Remember UF Student Jade Guzzo
WPBF West Palm Beach
A Delray Beach community celebrated the life of a University of Florida college student Tuesday night. Jade Guzzo was killed while driving back to school after the Thanksgiving holiday. Friends and family gathered at Pepe’s Hideaway to remember her
UF and Full Sail partnering in production programs
UF trustees last week approved a collaboration with Full Sail University, a for-profit school based in Winter Park. UF Provost Joe Glover said the agreement will help provide UF students with access to Full Sail’s “behind the camera lens” type of programs in the production of video games, television shows and other media.
USF-UCF rivalry about to heat up
USF will share a major-sport conference with a state opponent for the first time since 1991 (Sun Belt,Jacksonville University). Genshaft said USF’s continued affiliation with the Big East, in a year when its long-term health seemed questionable, …
USF Library evacuated after grenade found in box of WWII items
WTSP 10 News
Tampa, Florida — The Tampa Police bomb squad is responding to the University of South Florida’s campus after reports of a suspicious device found in the school’s library. The third, fourth and fifth floors of the USF Library on the main campus in …
State College System
New dean of MDC’s School of Business named
Miami Dade College has named Brian Sepe, a longtime South Florida financial services executive, as the dean of the School of Business. Most recently, Sepe was the managing director and head of Latin America & Canada Wealth Management for Merrill Lynch …
Calendar and Family Calendar
Eighteen students will make history at Seminole State College of Florida on Friday, Dec. 9, becoming the first graduates to earn a four-year degree in the college’s 46-year history.
Deputies: St. Pete College baseball coach busted on child sex charge
St. Petersburg College head baseball coach Rob Francis was arrested Tuesday after driving to Orlando to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Francis, 31, is accused of sending nude photographs of himself to an undercover deputy posing as a teen-age girl in an Internet chat room. He drove to Orlando after the conversation with the intent to have sex with the girl, according to an arrest report…
St. Petersburg College Puts Coach on Leave After Arrest in …
Chronicle of Higher Education
The head baseball coach at St. Petersburg College has been placed on administrative leave and banned from any contact with students, staff, and the campus …
Independent College and University System
EWC Student Files Complaint Against JSO in Campus Stop
First Coast News
The 20-year-old said he had just left class at Edward Waters College. He was driving his old, gray Crown Victoria and headed to work when JSO stopped him, …
Governor’s budget provides $4.5M for Embry-Riddle research park
Daytona Beach News-Journal
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University could prove to be a poster child for Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s priorities of education …
Florida Tech adds airline pilot courses
Florida Institute of Technology recently announced that it’s offering two new advanced airline pilot-flight courses to be presented in conjunction with …
Stetson begins construction on athletic complex
Daytona Beach News-Journal
On a field where running backs will soon tear up sod for Stetson University’s new football team, heavy equipment is churning this week as construction begins on a new athletic complex. The $6.7 million complex …
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TalTech to host first Capital Region Technology Education Summit
“It’s a new way of engaging the folks that are involved in the educational institutions and the companies that are technology-oriented members of TalTech,” said James Tillman, TalTech chair…The Tech-Ed Summit participants include educators, students and employers from Florida State University, Florida A&M University, Godby High School, ITT Tech, Keiser University, Tallahassee Community College, Lincoln High School, Lively Technical Institute, the Wakulla County School District, Gadsden Technical, FPL Fibernet, the Zimmerman Agency, Leon County School District, FBMC Benefits Management, General Dynamics, Syn-Tech Systems, Mainline Information Systems and Technical Recruiting Solutions.
Cities celebrate Flagler and his greatest achievement
Palm Beach Post
“It would have been many years before Miami was awakened to development of any kind,” said Barry University professor Seth H. Bramson, author of The Greatest Railroad Story Every Told: Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway’s Key West Extension.
Mom no longer wants son named after Urban Meyer
University of Florida graduate Jen Wiley named her son for two of the most successful coaches in school history — Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer. Wiley said “I felt sick” when Meyer took the job in Columbus and now she wants …
Sedaris keeps crowd of 200 at UF entertained
Author David Sedaris showcases new readings of his work and signs copies of his latest book, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk,” at the University of Florida Bookstore on Wednesday.
Study uses computers to help seniors living alone
Chin Chin Lee, a researcher at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, talks with Joan Wright about a study that uses computers to help seniors who are isolated in their homes.
Testing for Jewish genetic diseases
Yet few Jews know of more than a couple Jewish genetic diseases, said Deborah Wasserman, a genetic counselor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases.
Florida Budget Adds to School Spending
New York Times
“What a difference a year makes,” said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. “Heading into a major election year, one has to be very pragmatic and politically attentive.
Releases and Web Stories
Stetson partners with Feeding Children Everywhere to pack meals
Stetson University partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere this month to raise money and pack more than 5,000 meals for hungry children in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
UF veterinarians hope new gene chip will help detect, treat West Nile virus in …
University of Florida
A new “gene chip” developed at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine sheds light on brain response in horses infected with West Nile virus and could lead to better ways to diagnose and treat both equines and humans, researchers said.